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Universal resilience lessons from studying over a dozen disasters

May 28, 2019

How lessons learned from studying more than a dozen disasters around the world can help businesses and individuals become more resilient

Disasters have much in common besides the devastation of lives and property they leave behind. They teach lessons for building resilience, whether the destruction comes from floods, fires, windstorms or other events.

Using its award-winning Post Event Review Capability (PERC) methodology, Zurich has studied more than a dozen disasters around the world, incuding Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Florence. These post-event reviews examine what went well and what did not. The findings are grounded in the perspective that while hazards are natural, disasters are not.


In this report, risk managers and others will learn the universal lessons learned from disasters to improve resilience against future events.